DisplayLink Brings USB Multi-Display Connectivity to the Mac
New DisplayLink software enables USB based multiple displays for Intel based Mac users;
Kensington debuts Mac docking station and Dual USB adapter
SAN FRANCISCO and PALO ALTO, CALIF.– DisplayLink today announced the availability of its USB network display technology for Mac OS X, allowing Intel-based Mac users to, for the first time, connect additional displays to their computers using USB 2.0.
USB multi-monitor capability expands a computer’s work area freeing users to be more creative, productive, and to enjoy the full capabilities of their Mac. For example:
* Mac mini users can, for the first time, view their content on up to four displays.
* MacBook and MacBook Pro users can experience desktop convenience with the first ever USB graphics universal notebook docks.
* iMac and Mac Pro users can use DisplayLink-based products to expand their visual workspace by adding up to four additional displays with the ease of USB and with instantaneous mouse and keyboard response, 32-bit true-color graphics and DVD-quality video performance.
The DisplayLink solution is comprised of the new Mac OS-compatible Virtual Graphics Card (VGC) software along with Hardware Rendering Engine (HRE) network display chips that are embedded in display devices. Once a Mac user has installed the VGC software, they are able to use a variety of HRE-powered multi-monitor products including USB graphics adapters (UGAs), which connect a VGA or DVI display to a computer using USB; universal notebook docks and USB-connected displays. To date, these products are available worldwide from major consumer electronics manufacturers such as LG, Kensington, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba.
A beta version of the Mac VGC software is on display at Macworld 2008 (Jan. 15 – 18) at DisplayLink’s booth # W-4238. Kensington will also be showing the first DisplayLink-based docking station for Mac laptops at booth S-2308. The Mac VGC software will be generally available in March 2008.
“The Mac’s superb communication and creativity capabilities can now be further enhanced by substantially augmenting the users’ viewing surface by easily adding monitors over a convenient USB link,” said Hamid Farzaneh, president and CEO of DisplayLink. “More screen space gives people more space to spread out their work and enjoy multiple applications and websites simultaneously.”
The DisplayLink VGC software is compatible with both Tiger and Leopard versions of the Mac OS and takes full advantage of advanced OS features, including extending the Spaces feature across multiple displays.
Mac VGC Software Availability
The beta version of the Mac VGC software is available in March 2008. More information on DisplayLink-powered display devices is available at http://www.displaylink.com/shop.html.
DisplayLink Corp. is a network display chip and software company that creates simple connections between computers and displays – via USB, making the benefits of expanded visual workspace available to everyone. Using universally accepted wired or wireless networking protocols and proprietary software compression techniques, graphically rich content can be transmitted easily between a single device and multiple displays and enjoyed in a more organized and productive way.
Leading global manufacturers have integrated network display technology into an array of consumer electronics including USB-enabled monitors, video docking stations and display adapters. Because of the unique ability to unleash content from hardware to multiple screens, an array of innovative devices is on the horizon. Founded in 2003, DisplayLink’s venture backers include Atlas Venture, Balderton Capital, DAG Ventures and DFJ Esprit. The company is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, with main R&D and product development activities in Cambridge, UK.
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